Michael Sam could end up on an NFL roster this year. But he won’t be on the St. Louis Rams’ 53-man squad when the Rams open the season.
Sam, who’s trying to become the first openly gay player to play in an NFL regular season game, was cut Saturday when St. Louis trimmed its roster from 75 players to 53. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Sam Played Well in the Preseason
So much for the notion that Sam would be a distraction or not fit in in the Rams’ locker room. Sam generally got rave reviews from his teammates, and the closest thing during camp to a “distraction” had nothing to do with anything Sam did and everything to do with what ESPN admitted was sloppy reporting by Josina Anderson.
Anderson, citing an anonymous player, reported live on the air that Sam appeared hesitant to shower at the same time as his teammates. The report was widely ridiculed and ESPN issued a public apology to the Rams for not living up to the network’s reporting standards.